Address: Shop 5, Palings Lane, 320 George St Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9254 8009
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Lorraine’s is a little Patisserie located in Palings Lane near the popular bar, the ivy.
It gets it’s name from Ms Lorraine Godsmark, formerly a Potts Point patissiere, who now delights Sydney CBD workers with her delicious treats, all from a small kitchen surrounded by glass windows.
The place itself is quite small with about a 2 metre by 1 metre area for customers to stand in. MDS and I found it quite cramped with all our winter baggage, maneuvering around eachother’s bags, umbrellas and coats to try to have a peek into the pastry cabinets and check out what was on the trays.
The kitchen area is much bigger and the glass windows on two sides make it quite open, allowing customers the chance to see how the sweet treats are made.
There really isn’t much service involved as it is a patisserie with no seating. Everything is take-away so there was minimal involvement from the staff member who assisted us.
She was however quite patient considering our indecisiveness about which delicious treat to order (there are so many goodies!).
As we walked in the store we were swamped with the smell of delicious chocolate, baking in the ovens at the back of the kitchen.
MDS and I immediately craved something chocolatey and I went for a cake, while MDS chose one of the delicious cookies.
We both ordered a passionfruit truffle to try, and I also got a marshmallow dipped in chocolate.
The chocolate cake was amazing. It had layers of ganache, mousse, nuts in a caramel sauce, and flaky pastry. So many textures and flavours in the one piece, it was exquisite and probably one of the best cakes I have ever had!
The passionfruit truffle was an odd combination of passionfruit tang and the sweet bitterness of dark chocolate. The shape was a little irregular but the flavour was great.
Finally, the marshmallow was gooey and soft, a perfect square with a Turkish delight base, which was hidden by a coating of chocolate. The Turkish delight was unexpected as I thought it was simply a marshmallow covered in chocolate! A nice touch!
The truffles and marshmallows were $2.50 each and the cake was $8.00.
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 5 (non-existent really)
- Food- 5
- Ambience- 5
- Value – 6